UK Institutional Crisis
The British were stunned to see how Boris Johnson already has a foot outside 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence and main office, because of his latest scandal, the so-called Partygate, a series of parties held amid the global pandemic. . At the same time, they fall from the grace of Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth’s favorite son, who is embroiled in a strange trial accusing him of sexually abusing a minor.
Thus, British citizens today do not find the institutional solidity expected in the House of Windsor or Downing Street.
Boris Johnson was a matter of time. Fourteen million voters convinced him that his casual and witty style would lead him down a Brexit path that would only benefit him. But till date they have not been seen. Then came the mismanagement of the pandemic, which made them the European country with the most deaths from Covid.
Whispers, half-truths and a style reminiscent of neighborhood threats have been Johnson’s hallmarks throughout his political career. The last thing that leaked was that he had turned the British government’s main office into a party space, while the rest of the country followed strict confinement rules that he himself had imposed. For example, it became known that the tradition of “Wine Friday” established during the years of David Cameron continued, as if nothing had happened despite the restrictive measures. And the wine went from coming in a suitcase to doing so in a refrigerator with a capacity of thirty-four bottles.
It was also known to have six parties that were held between May and November, including two days before the funeral of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, for whom the whole country mourned. So far Johnson had avoided the consequences of his excesses and lack of investigation, but after showing that the parties were working meetings, he had to apologize to Parliament and Queen Elizabeth II, although, truth be told, they It was just sham love.
Now the Prime Minister is beginning to feel the weight of his work. According to a YouGov poll, 63% of Britons believe he should resign and 70% doubt his integrity. But the biggest danger comes from the people’s representatives themselves. Tory, Those who see their seats in danger and can vote on the censure motion. The question is not whether he goes or not, but when. Because one thing is to be forgiven for his sins in the exercise of power and another is what he has done about his privileges.
Then there is the matter of the Royal House. Since 2019, following the Duke of York’s disastrous interview on the BBC in which he was unable to show remorse for his shady relationship with millionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, support among the youngest has eroded to such an extent that Today 41% Republicans feel . Prince Andrew would not be able to slip away and would have to agree to a millionaire’s compensation for the trial concluded in the United States against him.
The Queen knows that allegations of sexual abuse can destroy the monarchical institution. Hence this week’s decision to strip Andres of military titles, royal patronage or the title of Her Royal Highness and condemn him to a complete boycott. He has made it very clear that the main purpose of the House of Windsor is to ensure its survival, whatever falls. Fortunately, Elizabeth II’s popularity remains unwavering and both citizens and institutions prepare to celebrate her platinum jubilee this year, marking seventy years of the longest reign in history.
Both the institutions know how to ensure their survival as they do not hesitate to get rid of those obstacles and move on to the second stage. And because they know how to differentiate between what suits them and what’s good
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